Additional Diabetes Information:
Once a person is diagnosed for diabetes, he starts to spend a lot of time focusing on what he eats, when he eats and all other bits on food he takes. But he never takes into account how he consumes his meal. While all the other areas are important, how fast you eat is also important.
Studies have shown that individuals who eat their meal quickly are more prone to be overweight. Since many diabetics are either obese or overweight, the connection makes more sense. Individuals who eat their meals fast are two and a half times more likely to be diabetic; based on results of studies conducted.
All these are related to a compound called leptin. Our body starts to release leptin when we start our meal and it makes its way to your brain. When enough amount of leptin is stored in brain, it notifies you that you have eaten enough and urges you to stop eating.
It approximately takes 15 to 20 minutes to signal your brain that enough food has been taken, anything over that is extra food that your body has to dispose off. These excess foods is converted as fat and stored in body.
Now you can understand the principle behind how this happens. When you eat quickly, you take more amount than you need. This extra food is converted to calories and fat that your body doesn't need. Also these extra foods that you consume may contain many items that are not only less than ideal, but can actually be harmful for a diabetic.
Eating fast means that you are consuming carbs, starches and fast than you need. For a diabetic person, each one of these can wreak havoes. Combining two or more of them, which usually happens, make the situation even more drastic.
Slow down; try these tricks to slow your habit
- Put your fork down or take a sip of water between bites.
- Set a timer for 20 minutes to help pace your eating.
- Sit down at a table and do nothing else while eating.
- Chew your food thoroughly and savor its flavor.
Remember: Food was meant to be enjoyed and appreciated.
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